In a landmark decision, the US Supreme Court on June 26 struck down states’ same-sex marriage bans, effectively bringing marriage equality to the entire US.
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” Justice Anthony Kennedy, who joined the court’s liberals in the majority opinion, wrote. “[The challengers] ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
The ruling, which five justices supported and four dissented against, means same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, and states will soon have to grant marriage licenses to all same-sex couples.
Before the ruling, same-sex marriages were allowed in 37 states and Washington, DC. —The Supreme Court just legalized same-sex marriage across the US - Vox